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Apr. 8, 2013

New Convention Hotel Project Eyed for Seattle’s Downtown

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Seattle’s growth has manifested itself in office and multifamily development, along with entertainment, in recent years. With a new sports arena planned and a number of franchises from the top sport associations being courted to relocate to the Emerald City, a new convention center hotel is the latest project to be unveiled.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, local development company R.C. Hedreen Co. has set its sights on constructing the largest convention hotel project north of San Francisco. The high-rise property would stand 43 stories tall on a city block located between Eighth and Ninth avenues, replacing a Greyhound bus station that is currently slated to move to a new location. The tower would offer guests a 1,500-key hotel, as well as around 150,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space, making it the second-largest facility of its kind, trailing only the Washington State Convention Center.

With an opening tentatively set for 2017, the project would feature a six-story podium that will also contain around 40,000 square feet of retail space, the hotel’s lobby and an affordable-housing component. The project aims to fill a void of new convention and meeting space, as the developer claims that around 100 conventions backed out of Seattle due to a lack of openings. The property would cash in on that existing demand and provide a space that would also boost the area’s hospitality stats.